John Huston, 1950, 112m
"Oh, there's nothing so different about them. After all, crime is only... a left-handed form of human endeavor," observes one of the crooks in this film The planned robbery almost comes off. Apart from the masterly build up of suspense, Huston reveals himself for the great director that he is by making each of the characters, even the worst, human and fallible. At the end, the least endearing of the team, staggers to a poignant death as he arrives at his long dreamt about childhood home. The artistic lode is robust and sure in Huston as he handles the raw stuff which constitutes life.